Chief Mike Ozekhome, a Federal Government delegate stunned the conference when he stated that the National Assembly had no business with the enactment of constitutions.
Citing the constitution of the United States of America that emerged through a conference in Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, he submitted that constitutions of countries were also the product of the people through a similar conference, stating that the core mandate of the National Assembly was to amend the constitution.
“I want to make a point that the virus that has afflicted Nigerian constitutional framework since 1914 has been the fact that Nigerians have never bought into their constitution. The constitution were either colonially imposed or militarily imposed. The Nigerian people are yearning for s brand new constitution; a constitution that is homegrown, a constitution that derives its legitimacy from the people of Nigeria.
We are not undermining the National Assembly. They are well respected but under Section 9 of the present constitution, their job is to amend the existing constitution. There is no where in the world that the National Assembly makes a new constitution,” he said.
But former Governor of Rivers Sate, Dr. Peter Odili urged delegates to commit themselves to the collective cause of entrenching the unity of Nigeria.
“We have made a historic decision. I feel bold to say that we have made a foundation for a new Nigeria, a Nigeria you feel proud to protect.
A very important decision that all of us must make is that we must commit ourselves to the irreversible position of keeping the country together”, he stated.
The debate which was inclusive continues today.